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calls that spat brassily from the police radio, he spoke to me of Cubans and the law. "They say, 'You got to have respect for the law.' Many don't really understand our system of justice-how a man can kill some body, and later it turns out he'd been out on parole or on bail from another crime. You'll hear them talk about it all the time." Of Cuban-Chinese extraction, Bob Yee speaks of Cubans as "they," for he was born in New York City. "Oh, the kids are learn ing American customs pretty fast," he went on. "Some of them are discovering drugs and car theft, for example. But the ones in their twenties and thirties or older, they're very law abiding, very respectful of this uniform. Cuba's Exiles Bring New Life to Miami No Cuban has ever called me 'pig,' or 'fuzz.' I've had them come up and say, 'Anything I can do to help, you can depend on me.' And they really mean it-I think many of them would risk their lives to help a policeman." We stopped at the sidewalk counter of La Caridad cafeteria to toss down a tiny cup of Cuban coffee-strong, black, and sweet. While Bob and the owner exchanged.pleas antries, a customer argued with the owner's wife in rapid-fire Spanish. He owed her two dollars, I gathered, but had only a twenty dollar bill. She could not change it. "Take the twenty and I'll come back later for the change," he insisted. "No," she said resolutely. "Keep the twenty.